Children’s parade is sure to be crowd pleaser once again
The smaller floats, the shorter route and the younger participants makes it like a miniature version of the grand parade. But that doesn't mean it's any less important.
The Maple Leaf Festival's annual children's parade is slated to begin this year in downtown Baldwin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, just a half hour before the grand parade.
"I think it's a lot of fun for the kids," Nancy Crisp, children's parade coordinator, said.
This year's theme is the same as for the grand parade, "Look Who's In Our Neighborhood."
The parade will begin at Eighth and Grove, wind its way to High Street and finish at Seventh Street.
Crisp said children aged 10 or younger interested in being in the parade are encouraged to have a costume or "vehicle," like a wagon or a bike, related to the theme.
Participants will be judged and monetary prizes will be given to the top three winners. Every participant will receive a prize.
Those interested in participating in the contest must be registered by 10 a.m. at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove, in order to be judged.
Leading the parade this year will be last year's parade winner and this year's petite marshal, Samantha Green, 3, the daughter of Marne and Jeff Green.
Following Samantha will be the top three winners of the parade contest and then the rest of the entries, which will include, Crisp said, everything from children wearing their Halloween costumes riding bikes and wagons to being part of miniature floats.
She would like to see as many people as possible participate in or watch this year's parade, she said.
"The kids just have a good time," she said. "If you really like kids at all, it's just really cute."